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How is a person with MS who is unable to empty their bladder treated?

A failure to empty the bladder due to multiple sclerosis (MS) usually needs to be treated by using intermittent catheterization or having an indwelling catheter. As one ages, it may be more difficult to perform intermittent catheterizations due to changes in mobility, coordination, vision, and cognitive function. Medications that can increase urinary retention include anticholinergic agents (such as Benadryl), tricyclic antidepressants (such as Elavil), and narcotics. 

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